Monday, May 23, 2016

Bye Bye Whitley... You were a great friend

A dog blogger friend of mine, Whitley Westie, passed over the Rainbow Bridge. But she was a real character right until the end. While she couldn't spell, she entertained all of us with her good Westie humor and her costumes. And, today, friends are dressing up for her. Now Francesca and I don't like dressing up... but for Whitley, who always commented on our blog posts, we gave it a try.

Here's Francesca all duded up for Whitley
Here I am with a hand made scarf on. Just for Whitley
Yeah, we look sad in the pictures but we aren't too sad for Whitley. She's over the Rainbow Bridge where she can run free and breathe free and see all the dog bloggers who have gone on before her. We hounds just don't like putting stuff on!

So here's to you Whitley! We did it!

Love, Cinnamon and Francesca

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This Weekend is Dog Days at Maryhill Winery

I was lazing around yesterday while my owner went out to visit Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Washington. That’s right along the Mighty Columbia River. I didn’t get to go because they also went to the Maryhill Art Museum that doesn’t allow dogs.

But I found out something really exciting. This Saturday and Sunday Maryhill Winery is having a dog event.

Dog Days at Maryhill
Saturday May 14, 2016 and Sunday May 15th, 2016
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Its really pretty out there. A winery dog paradise!
 They invite you to bring your best four-legged friend to Maryhill and receive a complimentary tasting. (Just bring your leash!) Throw a frisbee for Fido and romp and play. Top off the day with a glass of wine on their beautiful terrace.

At the Maryhill event, Home At Last Humane Society, a non-profit animal shelter in The Dalles, Oregon, will be on-site with dogs for adoption. They will be accepting donations to support HAL. Your contributions from donors help to find forever homes for hundreds of animals in need.

Here I am at the winery in the Okanagan
And don't forget, Maryhill is dog-friendly all year long!

Well, I checked my calendar and, unfortunately I will be at the Doggie Country Club on that day. Drat! I love wineries. I had a great time visiting wineries in the Okanagan Wine Country in B.C.

Love, Cinnamon

Friday, May 6, 2016

NUTRO™ Wild Frontier Dog Food - Review

We've been sampling new NUTRO™ Wild Frontier Dog Food ever since we opened the package that arrived at our door.

Here's Francesca nosing around the NUTRO™ Wild Frontier Dog Food
And then here's me!

NUTRO™ Wild Frontier Dog Food - Rolling Meadows Recipe Grain Free Lamb comes in a brown wrapper with a wolf on it. Maybe that means I’ll have the power of a wild wolf after eating it?

Both Francesca and I were really intrigued by the arrival of this package of healthy goodness. But since it was only a 4 pound bag, the decision was made that I, Cinnamon, would be the lucky one to try it.

Rolling Meadows Recipe Grain Free Lamb has real lamb as the #1 ingredient. I’ve been eating chicken for a long time and so having lamb was a real treat. Besides,  Francesca has enough energy without eating a special dog food!

I'm always in competition with Francesca!
I noticed that there is no grain, wheat or rice in this kibble. It’s all veggies and protein. They also put in vitamins and minerals. I need all I can get to keep up with Francesca, the three year old.

So we poured it into my bowl. It looked and smelled good. And it tasted good too. I looked forward to having another bowl in the morning, that's for sure.

It looks pretty good in the bowl and it tasted good too.
At The Nutro Company, they have a long history of making pet food — since 1926, in fact. And from the beginning, they have focused on pet nutrition. I like that. Sure, I want to fill my tummy but I also want to feel healthy.

If your dog has any problems with grains or rice in food, you might give this a try. Check out the Buy One, Get One Free offer.  And let me know if you feel like a wolf, OK? I'm still sampling the food and I feel like a healthy Coonhound.
Healthy Coonhound, Cinnamon

Love, Cinnamon

More Information
Nutro Natural Choice Website

Note: As is common in the pet blogging industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary dog food  for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Francesca's Squirrel and Rabbit Volksmarch

Today, I Francesca, went on a volksmarch put on by the Vancouver USA Volkssporters right here in Vancouver where I live. I got excited as we drove across town. We pulled up in front of Clark College. That's a place with lots of trees and grass... ripe hunting grounds for rabbits and squirrels.
Here's where the bunnies live. They are probably educated bunnies!
My owner made me stay in the car while she registered. This was a special event with four 5K loops. I requested the one with the most bunnies and squirrels on it... that was the green route. They had marked it with arrows and ribbons.

Finally I got out of the car and we were off.... The first thing I saw was a bunny in the grass, right behind the start/finish point. Woah! This was a GOOD volksmarch! But, since it was 5K, we had to keep walking.
Here's the old cemetery where the disrespectful squirrels live
Soon we arrived at an interesting old cemetery. It was a the old City Cemetery that was established in 1867. Now cemeteries are supposed to be quiet but this one had some very lively squirrels in it. I pulled and wanted to go chase them. But my owner kept me behind a fence so I couldn't go hunting. I suppose it would be disrespectful to the people who were buried there. So we kept walking.

Here I am trying to get into the cemetery to
chase the squirrels.
We walked to a park with several squirrels. I barked and pulled and howled my head off. I have to say, I was really annoying. So we kept walking.
Here's where I want to go eat sometime.
We saw an ice cream place called Igloo. I loved the retro look and thought, perhaps, we could stop for an ice cream! But it was closed. I noticed there was a patio in front where, hopefully, dogs can sit with their owners for a burger and shake. Sometime....
Here's that retro bowling sign.
And, we saw a retro bowling alley sign too. Vancouver has some interesting history, both old and not so old. I liked the Igloo restaurant the best and told Cinnamon all about it.
There were overgrown yards with flowers.
I knew interesting things lived in the weeds and grass there.
But then it was off to finish the walk. We were on Mill Plain Blvd. which was lined with huge trees. And you know what lives in trees, right? SQUIRRELS! I made a fool of myself once again barking at a squirrel and pulling on my leash. I was getting tired. It felt like a 10K by then!
So I didn't get to go chase ANYTHING and we were finished with the walk. I was so tired... mostly from pulling on my harness and barking at the wildlife. But I did get credit on my volksmarch list! Thank you Vancouver, USA Volkssporters!

When I got home Cinnamon was all full of energy and wanted to play. I felt sorry for her so played with her a little bit and told her about the ice cream place. But now... I just want to take a nap.

Love, Cinnamon

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Advice to Dogs: What to do if you hear thunder

Everyone knows I hate fireworks. But there are fireworks in the sky sometimes related to weather.

Last night I heard a big boom and crack and headed for my bunker (aka the master shower) and then when I heard more.... I sought even greater protection.

I gathered up Francesca and we both headed for the garage. We scratched at the door to the garage and our owner opened it for us. Then we both wanted in the car. So our owner let us in. Francesca immediately went for her crate which we keep in the car and I, smart dog that I am, headed for the drivers seat and waited for the keys!
Here I am in the drivers' seat.
Francesca wanted to go in her crate.
So why did we want to get in the car? Well, according to, "A fully-enclosed, all-metal vehicle is very safe, but don't touch interior metallic areas on a vehicle, Richard Kithil, president of the National Lightning Safety Institute, said. The lightning charge goes around the outside of the vehicle, creating a Faraday effect and protecting the occupants inside."

We were so comfortable there that we stayed there even after the storm passed. Our owner had to coax us out with treats!

Now, of course I knew that and that's why we wanted into the car! Now that's one good place to hide in a thunderstorm but between you and me.... just go hide where you feel safe. That's the trick.

Love, Cinnamon